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Victoria Street Market
The current Victoria Street Market dates from the eighties and is a replacement of the original Indian Market which dated from approximately 1910 and was destroyed by fire in 1973. The two-storey building features Indian minarets and offers underground parking. The market has more than 170 stalls which offer a range of African and Oriental products with a strong emphasis on Indian spices and incense. The ground floor is dedicated to a fish and seafood market and also offers fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and spices. The top floor offers more conventional shopping for souvenirs, crafts, jewelry and fabrics. Opening hours are daily from 08h00 to 17h00, except on Sundays when it is from 10h00 to 15h00. The Warwick Junction Market is nearby and focuses primarily on traditional African herbs and medicinal compounds (muthi).
Durban City Hall is a landmark building with neo-Baroque and Modern Renaissance architectural highlights. It is located on Francis Farewell Square and was modelled on the Belfast City Hall. Stanley Hudson designed the City Hall and building work was completed in 1910. The City Hall houses municipal offices as well as the Natural Science Museum and the Durban Art Gallery. Occasional educational events are presented and guided tours can be arranged. It is also home to the eThekwini Municipal Library which offers more than a million works. The Post Office (circa 1885) is also located on the square and both buildings as well as Francis Farewell Square have been declared as National Monuments and are considered to be at the core of Durban.
The Playhouse Company
The Playhouse Company complex consists of two Tudor-style buildings, the original Playhouse which dates from 1935 and the former Princess Theatre Cinema of 1926. The premises have been combined and now offer function venues and a 1 224-seater Opera Theatre as well as the Drama Theatre which seats 464 and the smaller, informal Loft where experimental productions are presented. The Company provides a range of theatrical, dance and musical shows and is also involved in educational projects. Facilities include a recording studio and it is possible to rent props and costumes or partake in a guided tour of the complex. Details of forthcoming productions and events are available at the website.
Joe Cool's is a daytime bar/restaurant which provides two terraces for al fresco dining and doubles as a nightclub with five bars in the evenings. Meals are served from 11h00 to 21h00 on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10h00 to 21h00 on Saturdays and Sundays, whilst the bar/club stays open till late. Pool tables are available, as is a big-screen television for sports events and the venue hosts regular events and live performances.